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Notaries visit Lambeth Palace Library

Notaries visit Lambeth Palace Library

LisaP took a group of Notaries to visit the spectacular library at Lambeth Palace before it  moves to a new, custom-built building within the Palace Grounds.  As Notaries in England and Wales are regulated through the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the visit was of special interest to Notaries.

Lambeth Palace Library was founded in 1610 after Archbishop Bancroft bequeathed his private collection of books and manuscripts to the public. It now contains an unrivalled collection of precious books and manuscripts, documenting over 1000 years of ecclesiastical and cultural life of the Church and Great Britain.

While the Library’s focus is on ecclesiastical history, its diverse collection is an anthology of British and international politics and culture, colonial and local history and genealogy.  Dating back as far as the 9th Century, the Collection contain over 4,600 manuscripts and nearly 200,000 printed books.

Currently housed in cramped conditions across 20 rooms within the Grade I listed Palace buildings; the collection is currently closed to the public to use.  The Church Commissioners, seeking to preserve and protect this precious collection, are in the process of re-housing the collection in a new purpose-built library within the Palace grounds. Click here to view the progress Information on the new Library, time-lapse images and video of the building going up.